The workshop will be held in the 4 star Southgate Hotel in Exeter which is only a few minutes from the centre of the historic city. Built in 1989 in the Georgian Style, the Southgate occupies a commanding position in the heart of the city. Situated next to the city walls and close to the cathedral, the hotel benefits from ample free car parking.
Exeter, with its stunning 12th century cathedral is a fascinating city in which to base yourself to explore the South Devon Coast, Dartmoor and the many local attractions, or for taking a day trip to The Eden Project near St. Austell.
The Southgate itself offers a wide range of leisure facilities including; a heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool spa, saunas, solarium and an air-conditioned gymnasium all of which which will be made available free of change for delegates staying in the hotel.
An illustrated tour of the city can be found on Sean Creech's excellent photography website.
From the south: Leave the M5 at Junction 30, at the roundabout take the first exit, signed for Exeter and Dawlish, and then follow the directions below.
From the north: Leave the M5 at Junction 30, at the roundabout take the third exit, Then take the second turn on the left, signposted for Exeter city centre. At the next roundabout, take the third exit. The hotel is 2 miles further on, on your right at the junction at the end of the road.
The nearest mainline station is Exeter St. Davids, approximately 2 miles from the hotel, which lies on the Cross Country route served by Virgin Trains. The station is also on the West of England and Great Western lines and has direct services from both London Paddington, connecting to the Heathrow Express, and to London Waterloo.
The easiest way to get from the station to the hotel is via taxi, this should cost around £5. There is usually a large queue of taxis waiting outside the station.
Exeter Airport (EXT) is only 6 miles from the city centre and has direct scheduled flights from: Dublin (DUB), Belfast City (BHD), Liverpool (LPL), Glasgow (GLA), Edinburgh (EDI), Newcastle-upon-Tyne (NCL), Leeds Bradford (LBA), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Alicante (ALC), Malaga (AGP), Palma Mallorca (PMI), Brest-Brittany (BES), Jeresy (JER), Guernsey (GCI) and Faro (FAO).
The easiest way to get from the airport to the hotel is via taxi, this should cost between £10 and £15, although there is also a bus service (56/56A) to the city centre which stops at the aiport terminal. If you intend to get a taxi from the airport you should be aware that the service is operated on a "shared ride" basis, unless you book ahead. Car hire is also available at the airport and is operated by Avis.
If you are arriving into London Heathrow (LHR) the easiest way to reach Exeter is to take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington and then a direct Virgin Trains service from Paddington to Exeter St. Davids station. Unfortunately there are no direct flights from any of the London airports to Exeter.
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